Yes, I'm still around, but after 30 years of this gig I'm taking a break and doing things a bit differently now. Let me share some of that with you.
I'm taking a break from active performing to focus more on writing and creative work in 2019. Working from show-to-show has meant that these personal interest projects have sat on the back-burner for far too long. I'll still be doing guest appearances here and there, but these projects will be taking priority for the next while:
Comedy is a great window on culture and society, not only to highlight differences but also, when we can share a laugh together, show us what we have in common. Most studies of xiangsheng (traditional Chinese comedy) focus on what makes it distinctly Chinese. I like to go a bit deeper to explore the commonality between Chinese xiangsheng and Western stand-up, because only then can we truly start find where the differences are.
A first-hand account of a Canadian-led refugee camp in Henan during the Japanese invasion of 1938. These memoirs, never before published, share a personal connection with my own grandparents' work in China in the 1920s.
In 2004 I published a series of children's stories with FLTRP in Beijing. "Uncle Dashan" is now back in studio working on an updated and expanded series.
For more information on my work and what I've done in general, check out this section.